Despite some cooler conditions recently the fire risk remains dangerous across much of the state this Friday. This means any fire that starts is likely to take hold and create significant challenges for our firefighters with potential property damage.
Critically, until fire restrictions are lifted, fire danger period restrictions apply despite it being April. When restrictions are lifted, people will be informed, until then people’s behaviour in relation to fire should remain unchanged.
Acting Deputy Chief Officer Rohan Luke said there were significant risks at play this Friday and into Saturday.
“Although have had a few cooler days recently, it doesn’t mean the risk isn’t still there so we can’t become complacent,” he said.
“Much of the state is still very dry, meaning if a fire was to break out it would be difficult to bring under control. This Friday is especially of concern with dry, warm and windy conditions especially in the West and South West of the state.”
“With the FDP still in effect for the whole of Victoria, we’re asking all landowners to remain vigilant if planning to burnoff, even within permit conditions.”
“Landowners conducting burnoffs over the next few days need to ensure they have obtained a permit and comply with the conditions. Ensure the burnoff is adequately resourced, extinguished and patrolled so that the burnoff does not escape under forecast weather conditions for Friday.”
While some parts of state will see the Fire Danger Period come to an end soon, this Friday it will remain in place for the whole of Victoria, as such all landowners must seek permits before burning off.
Keep your phone charged to stay up-to-date with emergency information. Be prepared for the summer and make sure you’re connected to all emergency sources:
· Tune in to ABC local radio, commercial and designated stations or Sky News TV.
· Download the VicEmergency app - allow push notifications for warnings, Fire Danger Ratings and Total Fire Bans.
· Add www.emergency.vic.gov.au to your favourites list on your internet browser.
· Enter the VicEmergency Hotline 1800 226 226 into your phone contacts.
· Connect with VicEmergency or CFA Twitter and Facebook accounts.
· For the latest information on park conditions and closures, visit parks.vic.gov.au
· Check the Victorian Government’s power outage guide at https://www.energy.vic.gov.au/Manage-my-energy/Your-guide-to-power-outages